Alta Asks Live: Vanessa Hua

The Deceit and Other Possibilities author joins Heather Scott Partington to talk about this powerful new book, her creative process, and the guilty pleasure that's getting her through the shelter-in-place.

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Buy the Book: Deceit and Other Possibilities

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About the book and the author

Deceit and Other Possibilities is a short story collection that gives voice to immigrant families navigating a new America. Put another way: “model minorities behaving badly.”

Vanessa Hua is the author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities and a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, among other honors. A Bay Area native she teaches at the Writers’ Grotto, Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and elsewhere.

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About the moderator

Heather Scott Partington is a writer, teacher, and book critic. She is the winner of an emerging critic fellowship from the National Book Critics Circle and the critic in residence for UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Review of Booksamong other publications. She lives in Elk Grove, California, with her husband and two kids.

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